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Nexus 5 2015 Concept Shows What Users Want

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 23:26

Nexus 5 2015 Concept Shows What Users Want is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If some Android users had their way, Google would release a brand new Nexus 5 2015 refresh complete with premium features and a new design. While that might not be in the cards for the new Nexus, a designer has taken it upon himself to dream up a Nexus 5 2015 concept that’s good enough for Google. And Samsung.

In the fall of 2013, after weeks of rumors and speculation, Google announced its LG-made Nexus 5 alongside its Android 4.4 KitKat update. The device, which followed in the footsteps of the Nexus 4, delivered a ton of new features including a black matte design, gorgeous 5-inch display, vanilla Android, and more. For many, it was the ideal Nexus smartphone.

In November, Google announced the Motorola-made Nexus 6, a successor for the Nexus 5. Like the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 delivered a laundry list of impressive features including a new design, camera, processor, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Instead of a 5-inch display, the Nexus 6 features a massive 6-inch display that puts it into “phablet” territory.

Earlier this year, Google phased the Nexus 5 out of the Google Play Store and the Nexus 6 will now reign as the top option until Google gets around to announcing a brand new Nexus phone. And some, not all, are hopeful that the company will return to its roots with an all new Nexus 5 2015 edition.

With Nexus 2015 rumors at a standstill, Android enthusiasts and designers are taking it upon themselves to deliver their own versions of the 2015 Nexus smartphone. And one concept that we’ve seen pop up several times is an updated take on Google’s Nexus 5.

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The latest is a Nexus 5 2015 concept from Miqdad Abdul Halim and it’s absolutely stunning. In addition to an array of premium features, this Nexus 5 2015 concept delivers a design that should have fans of the Nexus 5 drooling. For some (us included), this is the Nexus 5 that Google should have made back in 2013.

Nexus 2015 rumors haven’t pointed to a new Nexus 5 but they have pointed to a change in manufacturers. Reports have pegged LG as the leading candidate to make the next Nexus smartphone. If true, the Nexus 2015 or whatever it’s called, would be the third Nexus smartphone that LG’s made following the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.

Google staff reportedly stopped into LG’s headquarters in Korea, took a tour of LG’s display division to see its latest technology, visited the company’s research and development labs, and went through the departments overseeing advancements in wireless charging and the OIS camera and laser auto focus parts seen in recent LG smartphones.

Nexus 5 2015 rumors have also pegged Huawei as another potential partner in Google’s Nexus program. The Chinese company is reportedly tasked with producing a cheaper Nexus smartphone. Specific details, however, remain scarce.

If Google opts to release a Nexus 2015 phone, it will almost certainly be running the company’s Android M update. Android M is expected to debut at Google I/O later this month and a report from Bloomberg outlines at least one major feature expected to be on board Google’s next Android update:

Google’s Android operating system is set to give users more detailed choices over what apps can access, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter remains private. That could include photos, contacts or location. An announcement of the change, which would put Android closer in line with Apple Inc.’s iOS, is expected for Google’s developer’s conference in San Francisco this month, one of the people said.

With LG rumored to be making the next Nexus, the door for a Nexus 5 2015 refresh remains open. Either way, expect the new Nexus smartphone to feature Android M and its usual set of upgraded features.

Nexus 5 2015 Concept Shows What Users Want is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus Android 5.1.1 Release: 10 Things to Expect Now

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 22:37

Nexus Android 5.1.1 Release: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we move deeper into the month of May, we’re finally starting to see the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release pick up. With the release still on the minds of many, we continue to get fed with questions and new details from Nexus smartphone and tablet users. With that in mind, we take a look at what we expect from the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release going forward.

Two months ago, Google rolled out a massive Android 5.1 update that not only tackled lingering Lollipop problems but also delivered new features to owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Up until this week, it had not landed for the Nexus 9.

Android 5.1 Lollipop squashed a number of problems but it also brought some issues of its own. Nexus Android 5.1 problems emerged almost immediately after the update’s release. And while some users had success using third-party fixes, others remained hopeful that Google would roll out an Android 5.1.1 update.

Relief appeared in the beginning of April and a few days later, Google confirmed an Android 5.1.1 release. The company’s Android 5.1.1 release for Nexus devices still hasn’t picked up a ton of steam but it is finally moving out to some key devices including the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 9.

Nexus users we’ve spoken to are extremely excited about the Android 5.1.1 update and its fixes and many are eager to install the latest update from Google. We don’t blame you.

With the Android 5.1.1 release finally starting to gain traction, we want to take a look at how we expect Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop release to play out as we push onward toward Google I/O 2015.

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Earlier this week, Google started rolling out a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update. Yes, you read that correctly. Naturally, Nexus 9 users were surprised and many were angry. Well, their response struck a chord at Google because the company uncharacteristically took to its Google Nexus social media accounts to announce a Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 roll out.

We don’t have a mole inside the Google engineering team but our guess is that this announcement was probably a reaction to a mountain of complaints that had been piling up since Google’s bizarre Android 5.0.2 release. Android 5.1.1 also represents the first major Nexus 9 update in quite sometime.

We’re not expecting the same treatment for the company’s other Android 5.1.1 releases. Google usually doesn’t roll out the red carpets for incremental bug fix updates. For instance, Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 rolled out without any trumpets or celebrations. We’re also not expecting Google to outline any of its upcoming Android 5.1.1 releases. That’s an ever rarer sight to see.

We’re hoping that we’re wrong but we’re not optimistic at this point. Expect to wait in the dark as Google completes testing behind the scenes.

Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 Release

Google hasn’t announced a Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 update but we still expect one to roll out. Google’s Android 5.1.1 change log lists specific fixes for the “shamu” which means that there’s a very good chance we’ll see this update roll out in the future. It’s hard to predict when we’ll see the update roll out but now that Google’s roll out is moving, it shouldn’t be too long.

Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Release

The Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 release is also in limbo. Google hasn’t announced a Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update outright but it’s pretty clear that one is coming.

The Android 5.1.1 change log features a crucial fix for the Nexus 5, a device known as “hammerhead.” That fix? A solution to a camera problem that’s been bugging tons of Nexus 5 users.

We’re hoping that the Android 5.1.1 update fixes the memory leak problem that’s plagued our Nexus 5 for several weeks now. The random reboots and app crashes are starting to drive us insane.

Like the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 release, the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 release date is extremely hard to predict but we wouldn’t expect it to be too far out.

Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 Release

We’re not as confident about the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 release, we haven’t seen any concrete evidence emerge just yet, but we’d be surprised (and saddened) if Google’s “mako” did not get a bump up to Android 5.1.1.

Nexus 4 users are dealing with problems on Android 5.1 and below and it’s clear that it’s in need of a brand new update to solve some of these problems.

An Android 5.1.1 stability update makes sense, especially if Google declines to offer an Android M update to the aging former flagship. It won’t want to leave users on an outdated, buggy version of Android. We’re expecting a release down the road, it’s just difficult to say when.

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Release

Nexus 9 users had to wait but the Android 5.1.1 release is finally here. Google says that the update is going to be rolling out Over-the-Air starting today and the update could not have come at a better time.

According to Android Police, the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update has bricked several Nexus 9 models. And while some users say that a factory reset helped solve the problem, there are other Nexus 9 users still dealing with an unusable tablet.

We expect the Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 update to follow protocol. What this means is that we expect you to be able to install the update early using factory images or the file from Google’s server. Those of you that don’t sideload should expect to have to wait a few days.

The Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 roll out will almost certainly take a week or so to roll out to everyone. Remember, this is a fairly big update given that Android 5.1 skipped the Nexus 9.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Release

The Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update is available for the Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013. Both updates are rolling out Over-the-Air.

We don’t expect Google to stop with these two updates. Instead, we expect the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release to expand and encompass the cellular versions of the software known as the Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 7 LTE.

Connectivity is solid on the Nexus 7 with Android 5.1.1.

Again, Android 5.1.1 is small but it’s a crucial update for Nexus devices and we simply can’t see Google letting these devices linger on an older, buggier version of Android 5.0. It’s already dealt with one set of pitchforks (Nexus 9 users), it probably doesn’t want to deal with another.

These devices are typically last in line to major updates so we wouldn’t be surprised if they were last in line to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Android 5.1.1 Problems to Grow

We expect Android 5.1.1 Lollipop problems to grow. We’ve started to see and hear some complaints about Android 5.1.1 problems and the update is only a few days old. As the Android 5.1.1 pushes out to more Nexus users and more devices, expect to hear more from select Nexus users.

@admillios Horrible lag. Horrible! Freezing on black screen. The good news though, is that battery life is incredible.

— Joe Beardsley (@JoeBeardsley) May 7, 2015

We expect to see more complaints about connectivity and bad battery life. We expect complaints about lag. And we expect smaller issues to pop up for many users. We expect these problems because they’ve plagued every single Nexus Android roll out we’ve ever been apart of.

If you do run into Android 5.1.1 issues, expect some of these fixes to work in your favor.

Solid Android 5.1.1 Reviews

We expect Android 5.1.1 reviews to be a mix. Sure, we’ll hear a lot about the bad apples but we expect there to be some success stories out there as well. After all, Android 5.1.1 is a bug fix update and it’s purpose is to tackle some of the biggest problems left to tackle on Lollipop.

We’ve been using the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.1.1 update for a few days now and we’ve come away impressed. We haven’t seen any battery drain issues, lag, or problems with connectivity. Android 5.1.1 is extremely smooth for us and we expect it to be smooth for others as well.

Many users may want to wait before installing the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.1.1.

This is precisely why we recommend preparing your Nexus, and yourself, for the Android 5.1.1 update’s arrival. There’s always some risk installing new firmware, especially on Nexus devices, but you can limit that risk if you do some prep work ahead of the OTA.

Android 5.1.1 performance is going to vary person-to-person, device-to-device so don’t take one person’s word for it. Not even ours. We encourage you to dig around for feedback on performance before deciding what to do about Nexus Android 5.1.1.

No Android 5.1.2 Relief Soon

Unless Android 5.1.1 delivers some catastrophic problem or fails to fix these memory leak problems across the board, we can’t see Google rolling out a new Android 5.1 release anytime soon.

Could Google roll out an Android 5.1.2 update in the future? Absolutely. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Google issued one more stabilization update ahead of its next major release. We just wouldn’t expect the release to be right around the corner. We expect the company’s focus to be on Android 5.1.1 and Android M.

Android M Announcement Soon

Expect the Android 5.1.1 release to be overshadowed by an Android M announcement at Google I/O 2015 later this month.

Google isn’t talking about Android M just yet but a reference to the update recently appeared on Google’s I/O 2015 schedule. Buried deep within the calendar was (it’s gone now) a reference to Android M. Android 5.0 Lollipop was called Android L before it was released which means that Android M should be Google’s next big Android update.

Google I/O 2015 kicks off with a keynote on May 28th. The keynote, which starts at 9:30AM PST, is the place where Google typically makes all of its big announcements. That’s where we expect Google to announce its next update.

We do expect Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to finish up before Google releases the public version of Android M. The company is slow but not that slow. We would not, however, be surprised if an Android M developer preview was rolled out before the end of Google’s Android 5.1.1 deployment finishes up.

Hopefully this puts the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release into perspective for those of you with questions. We’ll continue to cover the update like banshees in an effort to bring you the latest details from Google and Nexus users themselves.

Nexus Android 5.1.1 Release: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update Arrives

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 17:14

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update Arrives is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This morning Google finally announced the highly anticipated Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update over on Twitter and Google+, the first big update for the tablet in over 5 months. Google’s tablet was the only Nexus that wasn’t on 5.1, but now it’s finally here.

Earlier this week a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update arrived as an over the air update, and it had millions of owners frustrated. Most devices received 5.0.2 back in November, and even the 2012 Nexus 7 is already on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, yet Google’s latest flagship tablet was just now getting it.

Read: Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update: What to Expect

This week news arrived that the Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update was in the final testing phases and could arrive soon, and now it’s finally here. Starting today Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is headed to the Nexus 9.  Read on for more details.

This device has been the only one that hasn’t received updates to Android 5.0.2, or Android 5.1 Lollipop like the others, but now it’s finally catching up to the rest. It was released back in November and released a day-one update to Android 5.0.1 to fix some bugs, but that’s the last update it ever received. All while every other Nexus device released over the past few years has received at least two Lollipop updates.

Over on Twitter Google confirmed Android 5.1 Lollipop was on the way, but for those wondering, it will actually be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Something Google revealed in their Google+ announcement. It’s very rare for Google to announce updates, let alone for a single device, so this is likely a move to make all those frustrated owners happy after pushing out 5.0.2 a few days ago.

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Starting today, #AndroidLollipop update 5.1 will be rolling out to a #Nexus9 near you. pic.twitter.com/oxOvrujzmB

— Nexus (@googlenexus) May 7, 2015

That being said, Google could have pushed out the Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to fix a few bugs and prepare the device for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, the main software update aimed at fixing all of the bugs, integrating new features from 5.1, and solving many of the performance problems and issues that have plagued the Nexus 9. That seems to be the case, because now just a few days later Android 5.1.1 is here and rolling out now.

Read: Android 5.1 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop: What’s New

Those with a Nexus 9 can expect a small 23.3MB update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to arrive any day now, which shouldn’t take long to complete. Then a bigger update all the way to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop should follow behind it. Google stated the update will start arriving today, but that doesn’t mean all owners will see it this afternoon.

Typically updates are slow and staggered, and can often times take a few days, to nearly two weeks to arrive for all smartphone or tablet owners. This means that if your Nexus 9 doesn’t get updated to Android 5.1.1 today, or even tomorrow, have patience as it’s coming soon.

We can also expect Google to release factory images of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 in the near future. Once that happens owners can flash the factory image rather than waiting for the over the air update by following these steps.

Users can head into settings > about tablet > and check for updates to manually pull the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 9, or just wait for the over the air notification to arrive in the coming days.

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update Arrives is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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13 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Release Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 17:11

13 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Release Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors are starting to heat up as we push deeper into the month of May, closer to a Galaxy Note 5 release date. Today, rumors have outed a number of Galaxy Note 5 specs and they’ve also touched on the device’s highly anticipated launch date.

As we push away from the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge release, we’re starting to hear a whole lot about Samsung’s next big project, a project that’s currently dubbed “Project Noble” behind the scenes. “Project Noble” is reportedly Samsung’s codename for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a flagship successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 4.

While nothing is confirmed, Galaxy Note 5 rumors have started to pick up the pace in the month of May as we march toward the summer. Today, thanks to SamMobile, we’re getting a look at some of the potential Galaxy Note 5 specs and the Galaxy Note 5 launch date.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Launch Date

Samsung’s released four versions of the Galaxy Note and every single one has launched at IFA in Berlin, Germany. It appears that that won’t change in 2015.

The publication claims that Samsung is planning to announce the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA 2015. The trade show kicks off on September 4th though a specific Galaxy Note 5 launch date is still unconfirmed. Samsung typically announces its Galaxy Note flagship on or around the first day of IFA.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 release date remains out of reach though the device is rumored to be heading to AT&T and Verizon in the United States.

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Galaxy Note 5 display rumors have centered on the arrival of a large, 5.7-5.9-inch Ultra HD display. The company will reportedly start production on a 6-inch Ultra HD display at 700+ pixels per inch in the near future. If it’s able to get the panel ready in time for the fall, it could mean a shift from Quad HD resolution to Ultra HD.

According to SamMobile, Samsung is testing both Quad HD and Ultra HD on its Galaxy Note 5 prototypes. The company has reportedly yet to decide on a panel and it could be months before Galaxy Note 5 rumors start to firm up around one display type or the other.

The display is not expected to feature curves like the Galaxy Note Edge or Galaxy S6 Edge. Instead, it’s rumored to be flat like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4.

Galaxy Note 5 Processor

The report claims that Samsung will be using a next-gen processor inside the Galaxy Note 5. Galaxy Note 5 rumors point to a Exynos 7422 processor which will supposedly “be the company’s first ever all-in-one solution (ePoP) as it will combine the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, and modem on a single chip.”

Samsung’s also said to be testing another chip, a new Exynos 7430 chipset, but the CPU is still only an engineering sample and it likely won’t be ready in time for the Galaxy Note 5’s release. Samsung reportedly hasn’t decided on a final chipset but all signs point to the Exynos 7422 and not the Exynos 7430.

This doesn’t rule out a Qualcomm chip for the Galaxy Note 5 but it does hint at more of the same from Samsung.

This year, Samsung opted to use its own Exynos chips inside the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. In years past, Samsung opted to use a combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs and its own chipsets.

A report from the hit-or-miss publication Digitimes claims that Qualcomm is trying to get its Snapdragon chips back into Samsung flagship smartphones. And according to a report from Recode “Qualcomm plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor manufactured at Samsung’s chip-making plants.”

The report also claims that “Qualcomm is hoping that the move to use Samsung’s factories will help it win back business for the next Galaxy S flagship.”

We could see Qualcomm sneak a chip into a Galaxy Note variant though, just not the Galaxy Note 5.

Galaxy Note Edge 2

SamMobile claims that there will only be one version of the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung’s “Project Zen” will reportedly be a spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note Edge and won’t carry the Galaxy Note 5’s name into battle.

The Galaxy Note Edge 2 will supposedly feature a dual-edge display as rumors suggest but it won’t come with the same high-end specs as the Galaxy Note 5. Specs are said to include a 5.4-inch to 5.5-inch dual-edge curved display, an S Pen stylus, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm, 16GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear camera with OIS, and an 8MP front-facing camera.

It’s not clear if the device will arrive side-by-side with the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA. Last year, the Galaxy Note Edge was announced on stage next to the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Gear A

Finally, it looks like Samsung will launch a new Apple Watch competitor alongside the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA 2015.

In the buildup to MWC 2015, rumors suggested that Samsung would announce a new round smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch. That announcement didn’t happen and now signs point to a delayed arrival at IFA in September. Samsung’s well known for announcing wearables alongside its flagship smartphones at Unpacked events.

 

The device is reportedly codenamed “Orbis” and it will supposedly come with a rotating bezel ring among other features. By the time it arrives though, the Apple Watch will have been on shelves for a number of months.

 

13 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Release Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Verizon Phones [May, 2015]

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:53

5 Best Verizon Phones [May, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Those looking for a new Verizon phone this month are going to find themselves staring at a large number of options. With that in mind, we want to help narrow things down for those that are need of some assistance. Here, we take a look at the devices we think represent the best Verizon phones for May, 2015.

In April, Samsung and HTC released their new 2015 flagship smartphones into the wild. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9 join a growing list of devices tempting smartphone shoppers in 2015. They will soon be joined by an LG G4, a device that’s set to replace the popular LG G3 in June.

Verizon stocks all three flagships and Big Red is now loaded with a number of high quality phones. While that’s certainly nice, it complicates things for buyers who aren’t caught up on the latest Verizon phones. Today, we want to help those of you that are feeling overwhelmed about the decision at hand.

Every month we are bombarded with questions from consumers, many of whom want to know about the best Verizon phones money can buy. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the Verizon smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five Verizon phones available.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

With that in mind, here are the five best Verizon phones for May, 2015.

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We weighed a number of Verizon phones for this last spot but ultimately, we decided on Motorola's Droid Turbo, a device that we and many others have grown to love. 

The Motorola Droid Turbo isn't the flashiest phone on the market but it's an extremely solid device that excels in key areas like battery life and software. Motorola's take on Android is still our favorite and the Droid Turbo delivers an excellent rendition. It will only improve when it gets Google's Android 5.1 software later this year. 

Motorola's device is only available on Verizon and it's going to run you $150 on-contract. You should be able to find it cheaper through a retailer so you'll definitely want to hunt around before spending full price on the phone.

Head here to read our full Motorola Droid Turbo review.

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5 Best Verizon Phones [May, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Delete Your Galaxy S6 Browser History

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:40

How to Delete Your Galaxy S6 Browser History is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Lately privacy is a growing and top priority for many smartphone users, especially when we use our devices for anything and everything. Devices like the Galaxy S6 are pretty secure with a built-in fingerprint scanner for a lockscreen, but that isn’t always enough. If you happen to own the Galaxy S6 and would like to learn how to delete or remove your browser history, we have you covered.

Privacy should always be a top concern, and browser history or form data is one of many you need to know about. There are many different reasons a user may want to delete their internet browser or search history on a smartphone, and we’re sure you have your reasons, so here we’ll explain how to do so on the new Galaxy S6..

Read: How to Change the Galaxy S6 Text Message App

When it comes to removing your browser history on Android there’s a few different scenarios here. One big factor being that there are multiple different 3rd party browser for Android, and they all have slightly different settings. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 (or all Galaxy devices) have their own browser called “Internet” and that’s where we’ll focus today, as well as Google Chrome of course.

If you’re logged into your Google account, which we’re assuming you are when you use Android, every website you visit or search for will be saved and remembered. That is unless you have history turned off completely or are using an incognito tab or an incognito browser, which we’ll mention again below.

Removing your browser history and search history are two different things, but below we’ll explain how to clear the browser history on the Samsung Galaxy S6. This could be so your kids or significant other can’t see what you bought for their birthday, general privacy concerns, or for other reasons we won’t get into, here’s how to do it.

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As we stated above, there are multiple options and 3rd party browser readily available on the Google Play Store for users, and from manufacturers. Google Chrome is the most popular and on most devices these days, which we’ll mention below, but many Galaxy S6 owners probably use the stock built-in browser called “Internet”. So that’s where we’ll start.

While using the “Internet” application on the Galaxy S6, which is the web browser, tap the new “More” menu button near the top right of the screen. This brings up the popup menu, where you’ll scroll down and select “Settings”, then simply navigate to and select “Privacy”.

Once you’re in the privacy settings menu you’ll see a few options to customize user privacy on the device. One popular one being whether the device remembers form data. Like user account login information and your password. They’ve labeled this “save sign-in info”. I keep this on so I don’t have to retype passwords, but I also have a lockscreen security measure in place. This can be dangerous, like with banking sites, so use with caution.

The last option is the one you’ll want to select, which is pictured for you below and listed under “Delete Personal Data”.

From here simply select “Delete Personal Data” which will bring you to a full list of web browser history options. In this popup you’ll be able to wipe out your entire browser history, cache, cookies and site data, and even your auto-fill and password information. Auto-fill is convenient as it remembers email and log-in information, so don’t clear that unless you absolutely need to.

Read: How to Set a Fingerprint or Password Lock on the Galaxy S6

Most users will be fine with selecting the first three options shown above, then actually removing all your information by hitting done. The process will take a few seconds, to over a minute, depending on how much you browse the web or how often the user deletes his tracks. Once you’ve selected what you want and hit done, the GS6 will clear your browser history for good. It’s gone, and you’re all set. You’ve completely hidden your tracks, for whatever it was you were doing. You’re welcome.

Google Chrome

A lot of Samsung smartphone owners actually use Google Chrome vs the built-in browser, so we’ll explain that too. For Google Chrome the process on the Galaxy S6 is essentially the same, just labeled slightly different. Hit the same menu button up top (three-dots) and select “History” then tap the “Clear Browsing Data” button at the bottom.

You’ll get a similar option of check-boxes as shown above, and you can control what you delete forever, and what stays. The only benefit of Chrome is you can remove individual site visits, instead of everything or nothing, so it doesn’t appear that you’re hiding your tracks. Just hit the x to clear each individual search you’d like removed and you’re all done.

Incognito Mode

To prevent all of this from even being an issue to begin with, you can just use something called the Incognito Mode. When you’re in the Galaxy S6 browser hit menu and enable Incognito Mode. This makes it so the browser won’t remember or save any history, passwords, login, or track what you do. This is your best bet, and something many users should consider.

There are multiple browsers on the Google Play Store that do this by default and will never, ever, remember any of your data. Dolphin Zero is a good one, and even the less popular Opera Browser has a browser-wide privacy mode you can enable. I’d stick to the stock browser or Chrome, but everyone likes something different, and there’s plenty to choose from on Android.

What we do on our smartphones is no ones business but our own, so make sure you take the steps mentioned above to prevent it from being saved or seen by others. That, or simply delete anything you don’t want falling into the wrong hands.

How to Delete Your Galaxy S6 Browser History is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Create Custom Greeting Cards on Mac

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 17:15

How to Create Custom Greeting Cards on Mac is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Whether you want to send a Thank You card or a Get Well Soon card, here’s how to create custom greeting cards on Mac.

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 was recently released, and with it came an all-new Photos app that replaces iPhoto and Aperture on Mac. It’s a simpler photo management tool, but it comes with a handful of features. It isn’t just an updated version of iPhoto either. Instead, it’s a whole new app with a plethora of new features, including the ability to access your iCloud Photo Library, which means that when you take a photo on your iPhone or iPad, that photo will automatically be viewable on your Mac through the Photos app, thanks to iCloud.

Perhaps one of the coolest features is that edits made to a photo on your iPhone or iPad in the Photos app can be automatically synced to all devices instantly, and the process can be done the other way around as well.

The design of Photos on Mac looks nearly identical to how it looks on iOS 8, with a few obvious design differences since it’s on a Mac rather than your iPhone or iPad. In the app, you can do things like sort your photos and videos and even only view special files like panoramics, burst shots, slow motion, and timelapse video, separating all other photos and videos.

With the new Photos app, you can manage your photos and edit them as well, but did you know you can also create custom greeting cards and have them shipped to your front step? You can use any of your pictures in your photos library and even add custom messages to the card, giving it that ultimate personal touch.

It’s one of the awesome hidden features of the Photos app, and it’s a much better option than going to your local card shop and picking out a pre-printed generic greeting card. If you want to stand out during Christmas time or send that special someone a special birthday card, here’s how to create custom greeting cards on your Mac using the new Photos app.

First thing’s first before we start, though. You’ll need to import any photos that you want to use for your card into the Photos app. You can simply do this by clicking and dragging photos from a folder into the Photos app window. Your pictures will still be stored in that folder, but will simply be imported into the Photos app for management.

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To begin creating a custom greeting card, open up the Photos app and go up to the menu bar in the upper-left corner of the screen and click on File > Create Card.

Next, you’ll choose what kind of card you want to create, You can choose between a Letterpress card, a simple Folded card, or a Flat card (similar to a postcard, but still goes into an envelope). Flat cards are the cheapest, but Letterpress cards offer the best quality overall.

After that, you’ll need to choose a theme and style. You can go up toward the top of the window and select a specific holiday or occasion in the drop-down menu. After you select a theme, click Create Card in the upper-right corner.

At this point, you can begin creating and customizing your card. You’ll be provided with a default layout, but if you want to change it, simply click Options.

Next, click on Add Photos in the bottom-right and then click and drag them into the layout. You can then edit the text by clicking on it and typing in whatever you want.

Toward the top of the window, you’ll see Front, Inside, and Back. Clicking on one of these will take you to that section of the card where you can edit the text and even add more photos.

Once you have finished creating and customizing the card, click on Buy Card in the top-right corner. From there, you’ll finalize your order and select how many cards you want made.

Be aware that shipping could take longer than a few days, so prepare ahead of time if you need a card by a certain date. In my case, I ordered a card on May 5 and it told me that it would be delivered by May 15. Your mileage will vary, obviously, but keep this in mind.

 

How to Create Custom Greeting Cards on Mac is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 iOS 9 Release Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:59

5 iOS 9 Release Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With WWDC 2015 getting closer, we’re starting to hear more about Apples’s rumored iOS 9 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

As we approach June 8th and the start of Apple’s yearly developer conference, we’re starting to see iOS 9 rumors swirl. The update, which was once shrouded in mystery, is starting to shine thanks to a slew of new details that reference its launch, features, and more.

A pair of reports have outlined bits and pieces of Apple’s iOS 9 release ahead of June as the company works to prepare the iOS 9 update behind the scenes.

Expect a lot of iOS 9 update information at WWDC 2015.

A report from Billboard claims that Apple is still struggling to get the deals for its new Beats streaming music service done, something that has reportedly put its June release in jeopardy. According to 9to5Mac, the company is still planning to show the service off at WWDC and it’s still planning to release it with an iOS 8.4 update in late June, ahead of the iOS 9 release later this year.

Apple is expected to announce a beta for its new music service at WWDC ahead of its public release. The new music service will be joined by a new, revamped Music application that will be coming with Apple’s iOS 8.4 release.

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The 9to5Mac report also outlines several other key iOS 9 details. The publication claims that the iOS 9 update is codenamed “Monarch” and it says that Apple is now turning its “full attention” to the update ahead of its developer conference. iOS 9 will reportedly make its debut on stage at WWDC 2015 though that remains unconfirmed.

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 9 launch at WWDC though all signs point to an arrival on stage. In its press release for WWDC 2015, Apple states that “at WWDC, Apple’s renowned developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS.” The statement doesn’t mention iOS 9 by name but it’s a sign that we’ll probably see more than an iOS 8.4 update announced during the keynote.

Early iOS 9 release rumors suggested that the update would be focused on improving the stability of Apple’s iOS software. iOS users have been plagued by a number of bugs since the launch of iOS 7 back in 2013 and while iOS 8 offered bug fixes, it also brought some major problems of its own. Apple’s new operating system is also rumored to have some other changes in store as well.

According to the leak, Apple is working on a new look for Siri that mirrors the colorful look found on the Apple Watch. The update is also expected to feature a new background that features blue and green as well as a major round of security enhancements.

With an iOS 9 launch all but confirmed for WWDC 2015, it should only be a few weeks until an early version of the software is released to the public.

The iOS 9 update is also expected to be included in Apple’s beta program and it could include a public beta. The public beta will reportedly start this summer, likely after WWDC 2015 and if true, it would allow thousands of iPhone and iPad users that aren’t registered in the developer beta program to try the software ahead of a release later this year.

Gotta Be Mobile has heard that Apple might approach the iOS 9 beta the same way that it approached iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4. The two betas arrived for developers before they landed for the non-paying public. So while we should see an iOS 9 beta emerge shortly after the WWDC keynote on June 8th, it may be limited to developers.

iOS 9 release date rumors have centered on a release this fall alongside a brand new iPhone. The iPhone 6s is expected to feature a number of new features including iOS 9, an improved design, new display technology, upgraded specifications including a new processor, and changes to the camera.

5 iOS 9 Release Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Tech Director Chat #024 – Who Controls the Web Filter?

The Tech Savvy Educator - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:07

This week’s episode gave Pete and I a chance to delve into a topic that was mentioned in last week’s podcast, and it’s one that certainly deserves not just one good conversation, but many. Web filters can be both a teacher’s bane and blessing while navigating the internet with students. Yes, they are often heavy handed in what they block (most web filters pull from pre-built lists of “block sites” that are updated constantly via computer algorithms), but they also provide safe comfortable boundaries for teachers that want to ensure certain areas of the web stay dark for students. It’s a constant struggle trying to find the happy medium between providing a secure walled garden for students, yet poking enough holes through the walls for learners to explore beyond the walls.

We repeatedly come back to issues, conversations, and arguments about what we allow through our school filters, and I’m glad that we do; as the social web continues to evolve, web sites that were once branded as educationally irrelevant  (YouTube, Twitter, Forums, etc.) have begun to poke their way into the classroom in many meaningful ways. Videos, tweets, and dedicated discussion forums are all a part of many classrooms, especially blended learning environments, and the default “we must block these spaces because anything could be going on there” sentiment is falling away to a much more digital and social media savvy culture. Whether it helps move the line of what gets blocked in the short term, I would urge all teachers, administrators, and tech directors to have regular conversations about what gets blocked and why; not from the standpoint of complaining and nagging either. The conversations should be educational, aspirational, and above all sense moderated with a good dose of reasonable expectations and some common sense classroom management structures in place for dealing with a more “open” web at school. To be clear, there are many areas of the web that will always be blocked at school, and I will always say “no” to certain segments of social media and the web (I’m looking at you Tumblr).

We certainly didn’t get into that much detail in the podcast, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on control over the web filters, and what sort of balancing act should be in place for managing it.

Click here to listen to this week’s Tech Director Chat (or listen below) Click here to subscribe via iTunes (Mac and iOS) Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (Android and iOS)

Timestamps for this week’s questions:

1:00 What has Pete been up to today?

2:47 Wanda from Twitter wants to know, can teachers have access to the web filter?

4:29 Could you see a special group of individuals that have the same web filter rights as the Tech Director?

7:10 Will teachers have the option to purchase their old laptops that are being replaced?

9:24 Elvis wants to know, is Pete moving because he just got married?

10:45 Jason from Twitter wanted to know, what should the bare minimum device be for a student to be successful in a 21st century classroom?

13:50 Is Chrome OS a real Operating System?

15:17 Stump Pete!

15:52 Does Ben censor Pete?

16:20 Elvis wants to know, what’s the hardest song you’ve ever tried to play?

18:35 Wait, Ben doesn’t listen to music?


Tech Director Chat – Who Controls the Web Filter?

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5 Best Android Phones [May, 2015]

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:55

5 Best Android Phones [May, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Those looking for a new Android phone in the month of May are going to find themselves staring at a number of solid options. With that in mind, we want to help narrow things down for those that are need of some assistance. Here, we take a look at the device’s we think represent the best Android phones for May, 2015.

Last month, Samsung and HTC released their new 2015 flagships into the wild. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9 join a crowded field of competitors tempting those looking for a new Android phone this month. They will soon be joined by an LG G4, a device that’s set to replace the popular LG G3 in June.

US carriers are now loaded with high quality Android phones which, while nice, complicates things for buyers who aren’t caught up on the latest phones. Today, we want to help those of you that are feeling overwhelmed about the decision at hand.

Every month we are bombarded with questions from consumers, many of whom want to know about the best Android phones money can buy. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the Android smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five Android phones available.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

With that in mind, here are the five best Android phones for May, 2015.

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Its been nearly a month since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and our opinion hasn't changed. This is, without a doubt, one of the best phones that Samsung's ever released and one of the best Android phones available right now. 

Samsung's brand new Galaxy S6 is loaded with features including a new design language that features glass and metal, a gorgeous Quad HD display that measures 5.1-inches, an efficient Exynos 7 octa-core processor that helps deliver solid battery life, a 16MP camera with OIS, and a toned down version of TouchWiz that's over Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. 

It's not perfect, smartphones rarely are, but if you're in the hunt for a new Android device, you must take a look at the Galaxy S6 before making your final move. The Galaxy S6 starts at $199.99, fairly expensive for a flagship Android, but for most of you, it will be worth every penny.

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5 Best Android Phones [May, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Update: 5 Details You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:44

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Update: 5 Details You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to make progress as we push away from its initial release. With the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release finally heating up, we take a look at what Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users need to know about Google’s latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 5.1.1.

In early March, Google announced an all new Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus devices. In the weeks after the announcement, Google pushed Android 5.1 out to devices like the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 6, and both versions of the Nexus 7. As we now know, the Nexus Android 5.1 update delivered bug fixes, a number of feature enhancements and a collection of Android 5.1 problems.

Nexus 7 users have been particularly vocal about the Android 5.1 problems they’ve faced in the weeks since the update’s roll out. Battery drain, performance issues and random reboots have plagued many Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users. And it’s those problems that have prompted Google to roll out a small update to Android 5.1 dubbed Android 5.1.1.

Android 5.1.1 first arrived in April though the roll out for Nexus smartphones and tablets has been extremely slow. Last week, Google finally released Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 though the update was only available to those willing to sideload the software ahead of the company’s Over-the-Air roll out.

Today, the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update has taken a step in the right direction. With that in mind, we take a look at what Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users need to know about the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Update Available Right Now

Last week, Google released the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update into AOSP giving developers and knowledgeable users a way to sideload the software on board the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013.

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Today, Nexus users have discovered the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.1.1 files lurking on Google’s servers giving users another way to flash the files ahead of the OTA process. The files are listed below.

Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi

Those who aren’t familiar with the sideload process will probably want to wait for the OTA update to arrive though we have put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the sideload process.

Google still hasn’t released Android 5.1.1 for the cellular versions of the Nexus 7 and it’s not clear when it will do so. The cellular models typically are a little behind the Wi-Fi variants when it comes to new Android software so owners of the Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 7 LTE will want to keep an eye out as the Android 5.1.1 roll out progresses.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 OTA Rolling Out Now

The discovery of these files means that Google’s Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 OTA process has begun. We can confirm that the company’s Android 5.1.1 roll out for the Nexus 7 2013 has begun. We received the update on our device earlier today. The file is small, 18MB in size, though users are still encouraged to set aside some time for the download and installation process.

Google’s Android roll outs typically take a week or two to complete though given the size of the Android 5.1.1 update, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi roll outs took closer to a week to roll out to everyone around the world.

Those that aren’t looking to sideload can check in the device’s Settings, in the About section of the phone, to manually force the update. Users should only check a couple of times a day because Google’s OTA roll outs are random.

Prepare Your Nexus 7

Now that the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 roll out has begun, it’s a good time for Nexus 7 users to prepare the device for the update’s arrival.

We’ve outlined some steps to take before installing Android 5.1.1 and we’ve also put together some Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release day tips that will help those of you once the update arrives.

Android 5.1.1 isn’t a huge update for the Nexus 7 but there’s still a bit of risk involved. Android updates, big and small, can have a negative impact on performance so users will want to take extra precautions ahead of the installation process.

As a reminder, the Android 5.1.1 update comes with some big time bug fixes for Nexus devices and it should shore up the memory leak problems that have been causing app crashes and random reboots for many Nexus 7 users.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Performance

We haven’t been able to spend too much time with the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update on the 2013 model though in the few hours that we have spent, we haven’t experienced any problems. We’ll post our initial impressions tomorrow as we offer some detailed feedback for those of you that are nervous about Google’s latest Android 5.1 update.

As we pointed out yesterday, early feedback about the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update is good. While it’s a small sample size, Nexus 7 users say that they haven’t run into any catastrophic problems with the update. Nexus 7 users are encouraged to comb Google’s Nexus Help Forums for feedback from Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 7 2012 users. As the OTA picks up speed, we should see more Nexus 7 users post their thoughts on the software’s performance.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Problems & Fixes

Some Nexus 7 users are already dealing with Android 5.1.1 problems and we expect to see more complaints about Android 5.1.1 emerge as the roll out starts to pick up.

Just to be safe, we recommend taking a look at our list of common Android 5.1 problems and fixes. These will help if your Nexus 7 encounters bugs and issues after making the move to Android 5.1.1.

We also have put together some fixes for Android 5.1 battery life issues. Battery drain is common after Android updates and you would be wise to have these fixes on hand as you make the move to Android 5.1.1.

We’ll release some Android 5.1.1 specific fixes in the coming days.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Update: 5 Details You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:22

Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Back in March Google announced the Android 5.1 Lollipop update aimed at fixing a slew of bugs and small problems plaguing the initial Lollipop release. That month many key Nexus smartphones and tablets received updates, and now today we’ve learned some key details about the Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

Android L was first announced as Android 4.4 KitKat’s successor back in June during the company’s annual Google I/O developer event. Then in October Google officially unveiled the full Android 5.0 Lollipop update along with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 tablet, and a new Nexus Player for the TV. Soon after Motorola made some announcements, and they were among the first to update smartphones too.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update isn’t rolling out to smartphones as fast as Android 4.4 KitKat did, but there are a lot of visual and behind the scenes changes that are making the wait a bit longer than expected. Not to mention bugs were quickly fixed with releases of Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2, and then in March the huge Android 5.1 Lollipop release. And while Moto has delivered Android 5.0 to a few devices, a slew of them will jump straight from KitKat to the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop release.

Android 5.0 Lollipop was officially released on November 3rd when Google sent the code to manufacturers, and when the Nexus 9 tablet was released to the public. It only took a week for Motorola to get started, and they kicked things off by updating the Moto X 2014 Pure edition to Android 5.0 on November 10th.

Since then we’ve seen the new new Moto X and G for 2014, the Moto Maxx, Moto E and many other devices all receive updates by Motorola and Google to Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the only remaining devices without said update, is the DROID Turbo, but that’s likely coming soon.

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Late last month the original Moto X in Brazil received an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop, the first of any 2013 Moto X to see such an update, but that’s just to first of many. This afternoon Motorola updated their support pages and released a slew of details and documents regarding the highly anticipated 5.1 update for many devices.

Today Motorola announced the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the new 2014 Moto X on AT&T and T-Mobile, although T-Mobile doesn’t carry it, so this is likely for the Pure Edition. They also confirmed Android 5.1 Lollipop for the original Moto X as well, on both carriers. There’s no sign of the DROID Turbo update, but we’ve been hearing that is coming soon for sometime, so it should be any day now.

The changelog mentions everything that we saw with Android 5.1 for the Nexus 6. Things like improved notifications, improved quick settings, do not disturb options, device protection, better performance, camera enhancements, and much much more. The link above, (and here) have all the details regarding what’s new.

Read: Android 5.1 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop: What’s New

For now we’re not sure if these are announcements, or just changelogs, but as you can see from the image above Motorola is stating that they’re delivering the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop for these devices. This potentially means owners of both the original Moto X and new Moto on AT&T (or unlocked) should be on the lookout for an over the air update, and we should be hearing more from carriers like AT&T too.

If the update is indeed rolling out today owners can expect the update to arrive starting today, and throughout the next 2-3 days, as these are typically slow and staggered releases. You can also head into settings > about phone > check for updates and see if it’s waiting for your device.

All said and done, no carriers have made announcements, so until that happens we’re not completely sure if the updates are actually rolling out, or if Motorola just has the webpages ready to go for when the update does commence. Drop us a comment below if you’ve seen Android 5.1 on your Moto X.

Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 16:52

New Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s not Samsung’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update but Sprint is rolling out a new version of its Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update bringing at least one new feature to owners of the former flagship.

Late last year, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. In the weeks and months after the initial roll out, Samsung’s managed to push the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update to a number of different Galaxy S5 variants in a number of different regions around the world.

In the United States, carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have pushed out their own versions of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update taking their devices from Android 4.4 KitKat to Google’s latest operating system. The US Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out isn’t finished though.

Today, Sprint announced plans to roll out another version of its Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. It’s not the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that’s rumored for select Galaxy smartphones but it’s a Lollipop update and one that will land for Sprint Galaxy S5 users across the country. With a new roll out at hand, we take a look at what Sprint Galaxy S5 users need to know about their brand new Lollipop release.

Prepare for the Release

Sprint’s new Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is a small one users should still prepare for its arrival.

We’ve outlined a number of steps to take ahead of Sprint’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll outs and those still apply with this incremental release. We’ve also put together some Galaxy S5 Lollipop release date tips that will help in the buildup to your update and once your update is released. This is a small update but users will still want to take the proper precautions, especially those making the jump to Android 5.0 for the first time.

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Sprint says that its new Galaxy S5 Lollipop update only features one significant feature and that feature is factory reset protection, a Lollipop feature that Samsung failed to add in its initial Galaxy S5 Lollipop update.

If factory reset protection is enabled on the Galaxy S5 and someone tries to factory reset it without the user’s knowledge, the phone will require account information in order to go through with the wipe. A factory reset wipes the phone’s information making it useful to thieves that want to sell the goods on the open market.

As of right now, this is the only known change on the new Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. It’s worth mentioning that Sprint rarely runs down the list of bug fixes on board its software updates so there’s certainly a chance that this new piece of firmware comes with some fixes for lingering Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems. (It could also bring some problems of its own as well.)

You Can Check for the Update Right Now

Sprint Galaxy S5 users interested in the new Lollipop update and the factory reset protection feature can check for the update right now. To do so, head into the device’s settings and into the system tab. Once there, users can manually check for the software. If it’s available, the download and installation process will prompt. Once the prompt appears, the phone will start downloading the update.

Sprint Galaxy S5 users are advised to download the software over a high-speed Wi-Fi connection. Software download times will vary based on the speed of the connection.

Sprint’s OTAs Can Take Several Days

It could take several days before Sprint’s able to get this new Galaxy S5 Lollipop update out to everyone. While some users will see the update roll out today, others may not see it. Sprint notes that its “software updates may be released in stages and can take several days for delivery.” If the update doesn’t emerge today, it will probably emerge sometime this week.

Beware of Galaxy S5 Lollipop Problems

This is a small update for the Galaxy S5 but that doesn’t mean that it can’t impact performance. Users always assume some risk when they install Android updates, no matter the size. Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems arrived with Sprint’s initial update and there’s a chance that they could arrive with this new Lollipop update as well.

We recommend preparation and we also recommend getting familiar with common Galaxy S5 problems and fixes just in case. Sprint Galaxy S5 users will also want to take a look at potential fixes for battery life. Abnormal battery drain is common after Android updates and we could see this update negatively impact some devices in the near future.

New Sprint Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta: 5 Things You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:13

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new 2015 Call of Duty game marks the return of Black Ops in a futuristic setting that is already generating an unbelievable amount of hype. This is compounded by the news that there is a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta coming ahead of the Black Ops 3 release date.

With the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta gamers will get to try the new 2015 Call of Duty game before it officially hits shelves. Part of this is to generate pre-orders for the game, but there is another reason that we expect to see a busy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta process.

Read: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – 7 Things to Know

After most online multiplayer games launched to problems in 2014, TreyArch and Activision will certainly use this Black Ops 3 beta to prepare servers for an influx of gamers looking to play on the November 6th Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date and to fine tune weapons and maps.

What you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release arrives on PS4, Xbox one and PC, but there is still some chatter that we will see a version come to older consoles. There are several versions of the game including the standard version, a digital deluxe version and a Season Pass.

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Here are the details you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta that starts later this year.

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta dates are not announced yet, but TreyArch and Activision mention late 2015. This is not a full version of the game. Although unannounced, you can expect to play Multiplayer on a variety of maps that will tests servers and weapon balancing. The beta FAQ states, "Specific details of what will be included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Beta will be released at a later date."

We will learn more about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta start later this year, possibly at E3. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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9 Common Galaxy Note Edge Problems & How to Fix Them

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:13

9 Common Galaxy Note Edge Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update delivers some big changes to the curved version of the Galaxy Note 4. It also, like Samsung’s other Android 5.0 upgrades, has brought some features not listed in the change log: Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop problems. With the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop release gaining steam in the United States and elsewhere, we want to take a look at some potential fixes for these issues.

In late 2014, Samsung started rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5 Lollipop. In the weeks that’ve followed, Samsung’s been rolling out several Android 5.0 Lollipop updates including upgrades to the Galaxy Note Edge, the Galaxy Note 4 variant that utilizes a screen that’s bent over the right side of the phone.

The Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update, like Samsung’s other updates, brings a ton of big time features to the flagship Galaxy Note. And while the Galaxy Note Edge Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade is working out fine for some users, we’ve also started to hear about Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop problems. Complaints have started to grow as the Galaxy Note Edge’s Lollipop release has grown in size.

We continue to see complaints about a number of Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop issues, many of which are common after a big update like Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’re still not sure when Samsung or its carrier partners will roll out their first Android 5.0 Lollipop bug fix updates for the Galaxy Note Edge so we want to do our part and help try and solve some of these issues.

Here, we take a look at some of the Galaxy Edge Lollipop problems that have popped up for users in recent weeks and offer some possible fixes for these issues. These will help Galaxy Note Edge users who have run into problems after making the transition from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Google’s new Android 5.0 software.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Update Installation Problems

If the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update (or really any update) is available but it won’t start downloading, there are a few fixes to try to jump start the installation process.

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Samsung itself outlines a number of steps to take if the Lollipop download process is unable to complete. Galaxy Note Edge users that have enough storage available to install will want to ensure that the device is charged up to at least 50% before the download and installation process begins.

If that still doesn’t work, try downloading and installing over a fast Wi-Fi connection. If there are still issues after that, let the phone die, recharge to 100% and try installing again.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Battery Life Problems

Battery life problems are common after major Android upgrades so it hasn’t been surprising to hear about Galaxy Note Edge battery life problems after the Lollipop release. The problems are isolated but that doesn’t mean that the don’t exist. And while there’s no guaranteed fix, there are certainly a few things to try before taking the phone into a store.

In our experience, third-party apps are usually the cause of most post-release Android battery life problems. Apps are the first place we would look if the Galaxy Note Edge starts exhibiting bad battery life after the move up Lollipop.

First, we recommend updating the Galaxy Note Edge’s applications with the latest bug fixes. Bug fix updates typically have a positive effect on app performance. Users will want to read reviews first to make sure that the latest bug fix update doesn’t bring catastrophic problems.

If that doesn’t help, we recommend booting the Galaxy Note Edge into Safe Mode. Booting the Galaxy Note Edge into Safe Mode will disable third-party applications which will allow users to identify potential culprits. Isolating applications will take a lot of time (users will need to do some uninstalling) but it’s worth a shot if the Galaxy Note Edge’s battery isn’t holding up after moving to Android 5.0.

Here’s how to boot the Galaxy Note Edge into Safe Mode:

  1. Power down the device. Then, press & hold the power button and volume down key.
  2. Once it boots up, you can let go of the power button but keep the volume key held down.
  3. When you have successfully entered into Safe Mode, you will notice the text ‘Safe Mode’ at the bottom left corner of the screen.

It’s also worth restarting the Galaxy Note Edge to see if that gets rid of the problem. This quick reboot will clear the cache and kill off services that might be eating away at the battery. Galaxy Note Edge users will want to try disabling NFC and Bluetooth. Disabling unnecessary services can have a positive effect on battery life.

We also suggest getting rid of live wallpapers. Live wallpapers have the potential to chew through battery in the background. Galaxy Note Edge users can also try setting a black background as that’s been known to help conserve battery. If nothing works, try replacing the TouchWiz launcher with a different launcher. Nova Launcher is one of Android’s most popular choices.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Wi-Fi Problems

We’ve already seen several complaints about Galaxy Note Edge Wi-Fi issues and there’s a very good chance that more Galaxy Note Edge users will run into problems down the road. Problems range from slow connections to lost connectivity when the device is in a strong signal area.

If the Galaxy Note Edge starts exhibiting Wi-Fi issues, the first thing to do is to reboot the phone. Users will also want to try rebooting the local router if that hasn’t been done in awhile. We recommend unplugging the router for a good 30 seconds and then plugging it back in. Users can do the same for the modem as well.

If that doesn’t work, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge owners experiencing Wi-Fi problems might also consider updating the routers firmware. If those simple fixes do not work, it’s now time to head into the device’s settings.

First, try forcing the device to forget the Wi-Fi network that’s posing problems. Head to the desired connection in Settings and select the Forget Network option. Once that’s done, users will then need to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network with the password.

It’s also worth going into Power Saving Mode to see if Wi-Fi restrictions are in place. To access Power Saving Mode, head into Settings and then into the Power Saving Mode option. This is a known fix for Wi-Fi issues.

If none of those fixes dislodge the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Wi-Fi problems, we recommend updating applications. If that still doesn’t work, Galaxy Note Edge users can try booting into Safe Mode to see if apps really are the issue.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Cellular Data Problems

We’ve seen Galaxy Note Edge users, Sprint Galaxy Note Edge users in particular, start to complain about cellular data problems after the move to Lollipop. This isn’t surprising. Cellular data problems are extremely common after major Android updates.

First, Galaxy Note Edge users will want try flipping cellular data off. Turn it back on after 30 seconds or so and see if the connection is back. If it’s not, try rebooting the device. This has worked for us in the past when cellular data abruptly stops working.

We’ve also had success popping a phone into Airplane Mode. Switch on Airplane Mode and then switch it off. This has, in the past, restored cellular data on Galaxy smartphones and tablets. If none of these work, it might be time to get in touch with the service provider, Google, or perform a factory reset to see if that works. We outline how to do that below.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Bluetooth Problems

Bluetooth problems are extremely common and we’ve seen some Galaxy Note Edge Bluetooth problems on our AT&T version of the device. Bluetooth issues are extremely common on Android smartphones but fortunately, there are a few fixes Galaxy Note Edge users can try.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge users dealing with Bluetooth problems should first try shifting Bluetooth on and off. To do this, head into Settings and then Bluetooth and toggle the service off and then back on again after a few moments. If that doesn’t fix the problem, it’s time to forget the device’s Bluetooth connections. Head into Bluetooth and forget the device or devices in question and then reconnect.

Users trying to connect to a Bluetooth in a car will need to consult the car’s manual to reset the car’s Bluetooth connection. The process is going to be different for each make and model and that’s why we recommend consulting the car’s manual before attempting this. Once that connection has been reset and the connection’s been forgotten on the Galaxy Note Edge, try reconnecting to see if it works.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Overheating Problems

Some Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop users say that the device has started running extremely hot after the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This can happen when playing an intense game for a few hours straight but many users are saying that it’s happening without much provocation. Thankfully, there are a few fixes to try if the Galaxy Note Edge starts getting hot for no reason.

First, try restarting the device. Leave it off for a minute or so and then boot it back up. If that doesn’t work, power it down again and this time, remove the battery and microSD card from the microSD card slot if there is one. Pop the battery back in without the microSD card in and see if that works. This has worked for us in the past.

If none of that works, we suggest booting into Safe Mode to see if it’s an app that’s causing problems. A rogue app could be overworking itself so it’s important to check to see if that’s what might be occurring.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Performance Problems

We’ve also been hearing about drops in performance after the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Galaxy Note Edge users experiencing abnormal lag or sluggishness will be happy to know that there are an array of fixes to try and help stabilize the performance of Android.

The first potential fix that we recommend is a process that will clear the Galaxy Note Edge’s cache partition. To clear the cache partition on the device, follow these steps:

  • Turn the Galaxy Note Edge off.
  • Press and hold Home, Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the device vibrates.
  • When the Samsung logo appears, release them.
  • Tap Volume Down repeatedly until you Wipe Cache Partition. Select it with the power button. Select Yes.
  • Wait for the process to complete. It could take awhile.
  • Reboot your Galaxy Note Edge.

If that doesn’t work, try disabling some applications through Application Manager in device settings. This has been known to improve performance though it should only be used as a last resort.

How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge App Problems

Samsung notes that app issues are extremely common after big releases like Lollipop. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge users experiencing issues with applications can try a few things to jumpstart performance. First, try updating the problem app. There’s a good chance that the developer’s rolled out a bug fix so users be wise to give that a shot first.

We also recommend reinstalling the application. We’ve seen success with this method several times in the past and it could resolve issues with app performance after Lollipop. If the problems continue, reach out to the developer and alert them to the problem. This will help them identify the problem and potentially fix it in a later update. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Touch More options
  2. Touch My apps > All
  3. Touch the application with the issues
  4. Scroll down to Developer
  5. Touch Send email to report the issue with the application developers
How to Fix Galaxy Note Edge Problems If Nothing Else Works

If nothing here works, it’s probably time to revert back to Android 4.4 KitKat. Or if that doesn’t sound appealing, factory reset the device.

Those looking to factory reset should note that it’s a time consuming process and Galaxy Note Edge users will need to ensure that key files are backed up before starting. This process erases the entire phone and brings it back to the state that it was in when it first came out of the box.

To do this, go into SettingsUser & Backup, and select Backup and Reset. From there, select Factory Data Reset. From there, select Reset Device and then Delete All.

Sometimes, unorthodox fixes will work where common fixes fail. We also recommend taking a look at Android Central’s forums, one of our favorite Android-centric forums. For those still unable to fix Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop problems, we suggest getting in touch with the device’s service provider. If there isn’t one, get in contact with Samsung itself.

9 Common Galaxy Note Edge Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G4

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:07

How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G4 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The all-new LG G4 was finally announced last week after months of rumors and speculation, and along with a stunning new 16 megapixel camera and 6-core processor are tons of software features with Android 5.1 Lollipop. Now that the device is coming soon users will start having questions once they get it, and here we’ll go over how to take a screenshot on the smartphone.

LG’s handset is packed full of advanced features and technology, like the laser auto-focus on the back for the camera, but one thing we constantly get questions about is something as simple as taking a screenshot. Whether you want to screenshot funny posts on Facebook, memes from the internet, or even important emails, screenshots are an easy way to save important things from your screen.

Read: LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 Camera Comparison & Samples

This feature or trick is an old one that’s been available from the same method on Android for years, but one that many consumers want to learn right away and start enjoying. If you’re coming from a Samsung or Apple device, you’ll need to know how LG does it. There are two ways LG G4 owners can take a screenshot. One which has been the same for years and years, and the other is the same as other LG phones like the G2, using QuickMemo. A few buttons or swipes on screen are all you’ll need to do.

If you’ve ever owned or used an Android device in the past few years you’ll be right at home and probably won’t even need to search how. However, if you’re new to smartphones, an Android convert leaving the iPhone or Windows Phone, below are the few simple steps you’ll need to take in order to capture and save a screenshot.

For those confused. A screenshot (or screencap) is essentially our smartphones capturing and saving whatever is on the screen. This can then be edited or cropped to get exactly what you want, and comes in extremely handy for a variety of uses.

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As mentioned above, saving a screenshot is ridiculously easy on Android devices, and the same can be said for all LG phones. All you’ll need to do is simply push and hold both the power button and the volume down key at the same time. Since the G4 has the buttons on the back this may feel odd, but place your finger in a way in which you can press both at the same time.

Briefly push and hold both the power and volume down buttons simultaneously and let go, and you’ll see the animation on screen and hear the screenshot capture. That’s it. Your phone saves whatever was being displayed, and can be accessed from the photo gallery. From here you can share it as you’d like, or go into edit mode and crop out the edges while adding some flair with any of the many editing tools available to Android.

If you try and it doesn’t work, try again. It’s all about hitting them at the same time with a brief pause, then letting go. Timing is everything, and it’s easy one you figure it out.

However, there’s a second method that’s technically even easier, although I still find myself using the above method out of habit. LG has a feature called QuickMemo+ which is essentially a way to quickly and easily take notes or reminders, as well as screenshots. Tap the QuickMemo+ button in the notification pulldown bar quick settings and it screenshots whatever is on the screen. From here you can draw on it, edit, crop and more, similar to what we mentioned above.

It’s all extremely easy and only takes a few seconds. Personally the button combination is easiest, as you then just can share it right from your gallery or notification bar, vs having to save and do all the other stuff with QuickMemo+. The LG G4 will be released from most carriers in the US soon, and we’ll have more how tos as the release nears.

How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G4 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 9 Release: What We Know So Far

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 21:36

iOS 9 Release: What We Know So Far is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we inch deeper into the month of May, we push closer and closer to the start of WWDC 2015 and perhaps, Apple’s iOS 9 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple still isn’t talking about iOS 9 but we’ve already seen rumors and Apple itself lay the groundwork for an announcement. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what we know about the iOS 9 release including details about iOS 8.4 and Apple’s rumored iPhone 6s.

Last June, Apple took the stage at its annual WWDC conference in San Francisco and announced several new products including an update to OS X for Mac (Yosemite) and an update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models (iOS 8). iOS 8 followed in the footsteps of 2013’s massive iOS 7 upgrade that delivered wholesale changes to Apple’s operating system.

iOS 8 delivered a number of new features, enhancements, tweaks, and fixes but it also brought a number of well-documented problems. Some might argue that iOS 8’s problems have completely overshadowed many of the benefits that Apple’s new operating system brought to the table.

Over the past few months, Apple’s polished iOS 8 through a series of incremental updates. First it was iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.1. Then, the company released a series of iOS 8.1 updates including an iOS 8.1.1 update that endured a quick stay inside the company’s beta program for developers. Soon after, Apple strayed into unchartered waters.

What you need to know about iOS 9 and WWDC 2015.

Instead of releasing a few smaller bug fix updates in the buildup to WWDC, the company released some substantial upgrades to its operating system. In years past, Apple might’ve saved many of these features for its next big update. Not in 2015 and not iOS 8.

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Several weeks ago, Apple released iOS 8.2. Shortly after that, the company released an iOS 8.3 update that brought an absurd number of bug fixes, new filters for Messages and a new emoji keyboard amongst other changes. And with WWDC 2015 and iOS 9 in sight, the company is poised to deliver another major update for iOS 8 users.

May figures to be a busy month for Apple, for iOS, and for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world. June should be as well, especially if Apple decides to announce an iOS 9 release on stage next to an Apple TV as some rumors suggest. With that in mind, we want to take a look at everything we know about the iOS 9 update. This roundup includes what’s coming before it, what could be coming with it, and what could arrive alongside it when it’s released to users around the world.

Here’s what you need to know as we kick off the month of May.

iOS 8.4 Release

Before we get to the iOS 9 release, it’s appropriate to talk about the update that will almost certainly precede Apple’s next big iOS release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That update is iOS 8.4, an update that currently sits in the company’s two beta programs, one for the public and one for developers.

Last week, Apple released its second beta for developers and first for those in the public beta program. What this means is that an iOS 8.4 release date is inching closer. Problem is, we still don’t know when Apple plans to release it.

iOS 8.4 release date rumors have mentioned a summer release though we haven’t seen anything specific pop up for awhile. iOS 8.4 beta 2 users claim that there is still a lot of work to be done so iPhone and iPad users shouldn’t expect Apple to release the update in the near future. We should see at least one more beta release.

iOS 8.4 is an important piece to the iOS 9 puzzle. First off, it’s laying the groundwork for Apple’s streaming music service. The update’s big change is a revamped Music application that comes with a number of new enhancements. Apple’s new streaming service is expected to debut alongside iOS 9 at WWDC 2015 in early May though it’s not clear how Apple will implement it or when it will be released to the public.

Apple’s iOS 8.4 update is also important because it will likely serve as a main bridge to the iOS 9 release given that Apple doesn’t appear to have an iOS 8.5 update in the pipeline. Apple typically releases its new updates in the fall so that means that iOS 8 users are going to want to get acquainted with iOS 8.4. It should be around for awhile.

Look for iOS 8.4 update and release details to pick up as we push into the month of May, closer to start of WWDC 2015 and the arrival of Apple’s new Spotify competitor.

iOS 9 Launch

Apple still hasn’t confirmed an iOS 9 update or an iOS 9 release but all signs point to an arrival at a familiar event, on a familiar date, during a very familiar keynote address to Apple’s developers.

For the past several years, Apple’s introduced its yearly iOS and OS X updates during its WWDC keynote. And while the company hasn’t come right out and confirmed a new iOS update for WWDC 2015, there are some clues.

Apple’s WWDC 2015 kicks off on June 8th and it’s on that date that the company is expected to address its developers. In its press release for WWDC 2015, Apple states that “at WWDC, Apple’s renowned developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS.” The statement doesn’t mention iOS 9 by name but it’s a sign that we’ll probably see more than an iOS 8.4 update announced on stage.

The WWDC 2015 dates are confirmed and Apple will stream parts of the event.

In the WWDC 2015 information section, Apple outlines what developers can and cannot do with pre-release information disclosed at the event. This is further proof that we will likely see the iOS 9 update arrive during the keynote and WWDC 2015. Apple’s ship isn’t as tight as it used to be but it still likes to keep some things under wraps.

The timing makes a ton of sense. It’s WWDC and Apple will need to test the update ahead of its public release. And what better way to do that then to announce the update during its live stream and release the iOS 9 beta to testers shortly after the event.

iOS 9 Beta

When Apple first released its iOS 8.3 beta, it released it to developers in its paid developer program. Status quo. Part for the course. It did the same with its iOS 8.3 beta 2.

The arrival of iOS 8.3 beta 3 saw two releases, one for developers and one for the general public. Apple’s new Beta Software program allows non-developers to test early iOS software for free ahead of release.

The iOS 8.4 beta is also now open to the public as Apple seeks outside assistance to help perfect its incoming update. We’re sensing a trend here and there’s already talk of a public iOS 9 beta.

Count on an iOS 9 beta this summer.

The iOS 9 update is also expected to be included in Apple’s beta program and it could include a public beta. The public beta will reportedly start this summer, likely after WWDC 2015 and if true, it would allow thousands of iPhone and iPad users that aren’t registered in the developer beta program to try the software ahead of a release later this year.

We’ve heard that Apple might approach the iOS 9 beta the same way that it approached iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4. The two betas arrived for developers before they landed for the non-paying public. So while we should see an iOS 9 beta emerge shortly after WWDC, it may be limited to developers.

iOS 9 Release Date

iOS 9 release date rumors have centered on a release this fall. Not surprising given that Apple always releases new iOS updates alongside new iPhones and the iPhone 6s release is rumored for the fall.

The iPhone 6s is expected to feature a number of new features including iOS 9, an improved design, new display technology, upgraded specifications including a new processor, and changes to the camera.

iOS 9 Features

Apple’s done a good job keeping its iOS 9 update out of the rumor mill though we’ve seen a few details leak out in the lead up to WWDC and a potential announcement.

While iOS 8 and iOS 7 both introduced design changes and a flood of new features, Apple’s rumored to be taking a different approach with its upcoming iOS 9 update.

We know that Apple is already testing iOS 9 in behind the scenes and a recent 9to5Mac report suggests that the focus of iOS 9 won’t be adding a ton new features. Instead, iOS 9 will reportedly focus on fixing bugs and improving performance and the stability of the iPhone and iPad. It’s not clear what that entails just yet though we could learn more in May and should learn more in June.

We’ve outlined a number of iOS 9 features that we’d love to see Apple include with its next update these, like many of the iOS 9 concepts that we’ve seen, could be left out.

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Siri can open other apps, but it cannot control them in the ways we want. In ISO 9 we want Siri to move beyond opening Spotify or Nest and into allowing developers to connect to Siri for controls.

Read: 41 Siri Tips & Tricks

Ideally iOS 9 could allow users to say, "Hey Siri, play Daft Punk on Spotify," and users could listen to the music they want in the app that they want. Apple may choose to keep Siri controls to iTunes, iTunes Radio and maybe Beats, but that doesn't mean we'll like it.

The options are endless, but we would definitely use Siri to turn on Hue Lights, control the Nest thermostat and many other apps if Apple opened up support.

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iOS 9 Release: What We Know So Far is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG G4 vs HTC One M9: 5 Key Differences

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 21:28

LG G4 vs HTC One M9: 5 Key Differences is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Now that both the LG G4 and HTC One M9 have been announced and revealed to the world, prospective buyers are likely weighing all of their options, while also looking at the Galaxy S6, trying to decide what smartphone is right for them in 2015. The LG G4 hasn’t been released yet, but is coming soon, and here we compare the two for potential buyers looking for their next phone.

Last week LG took the stage and announced the impressive new LG G4, and while it doesn’t feature an all aluminum design like the HTC One M9, it does have a lot to offer along with a stunning new genuine hand-made leather design in six different colors. These are two of the best phones around, so lets break down all the details.

Read: LG G4 Hands-on & Impressions

In March the HTC One M9 was announced, and it hit all carriers on April 10th in the United States. It’s available now for potential buyers, while the G4 still has another month or so before we’ll see carriers release it in the US. Some may not be willing to wait, but if you are, here’s what you need to know about both of these phones, and a few key differences that may help you choose the right phone.

Both the HTC One M9 and the LG G4 have a lot to offer, but are both very different. LG has a leather look with a huge display, while HTC stuck to the same brushed aluminum unibody frame and a smaller screen. Those are only a few of the many differences that separate these two phones.

When it comes to which smartphone is actually “better” between the HTC One M9 or the LG G4 there are a lot of things that come into play. User preference, software or hardware needs, and of course the size of the device are all things each user will decide on. While we don’t have all the answers, nor know what every user needs or wants, below are a five or so key features or differences that separate the two for those interested.

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Many consumers are choosing a smartphone based on screen size. Even Apple realized this and increased the size of the iPhone 6 this time around. This year both HTC and LG kept the screen the same size as last year, but improved them in general.

Read: LG G4 vs Galaxy S6: What You Should Know

HTC stuck to the same 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD display, one they think looks great yet will keep battery life in check rather than increasing the resolution. It’s a wonderful display, but LG has them beat. The new G4 has the same size as last year as well, a 5.5-inch screen, but it’s much improved and in our opinion better than the HTC One M9.

According to an LG press release this new 5.5-inch Quad-HD display for the G4 achieved a “quantum jump” in color gamut and brightness. They’re calling it a “Quantum HD display”. The new LG G4 screen is brighter, features extremely rich and stunning colors. All while being more efficient and easier on battery life. Not to mention be thinner, and deliver improved touch function and precision.

It has a new advanced In-Cell Touch technology that allows it to react to touches, even with water on it. Finally, they claim it shows even more accurate colors over last year’s QHD panel in the G3 by offering a 120% color gamut, 50% increase in contrast, and 30% jump in brightness. It may not be as good as the Galaxy S6, but has more to offer than the One M9. HTC may have more accurate colors, but the screen is smaller and not nearly as crisp or pretty to look at.

Read: HTC One M9 Review

Don’t get us wrong, the HTC One M9 and its 5-inch screen looks wonderful, but if you want something bigger that promises some of the best colors and saturation around, the G4 is something to consider. It’s also hardly any bigger thanks to the small bezels around the device. If you want a big screen, the LG is the way to go.

Design

LG and HTC couldn’t be any different when it comes to the design approach. LG has something that works great with the same overall look and feel as the previous generation, which is buttons being on the back for a sleek design, and lightweight (yet durable) cheap plastic for its smartphone build materials. They’ve used plastic for years, although the LG G3 actually looks like it’s made from aluminum. It has a brushed aluminum look to the plastic housing. The new G4 is the same, but they claim the plastic is infused with ceramic to feel more durable. And while that’s nice, it’s the new leather options that really makes the G4 stand out.

Read: LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 Camera Shootout (Comparison)

HTC on the other hand, has continued to deliver some of the best looking and most premium feeling smartphones on the market. The original HTC One was wrapped in a single aluminum shell, and that’s continued for two years and is the same essential design in the new One M9. While it barely looks different than its predecessors, it’s a big upgrade and one of the most powerful devices around. And now it has a nice two-tone aluminum finish. The aluminum is nice, but so is LG’s leather. It’s a hard choice to make, considering I have both. This one is a toss-up.

The HTC One M9 has brushed aluminum in a few different colors, the best speakers of any smartphone, ones that happen to be front facing (and we’re not sure why others haven’t offered the same) and overall just feel like a premium device. And with the new One M9 they have a two-tone color option, still in aluminum, that looks wonderful. It’s a bit heavy, and has huge bezels around the small screen, while LG has a sleek bezel, big screen, and six different leathers to choose from. If you like to be fashionable, you can have different leather backs to match your outfit. Yeah, we went there.

Looks aren’t everything, but it plays a role in many users purchase decision. Overall we like the design of the G4 better, but wish it had front facing speakers. The buttons on the back and sleek bezels make it stand out over the One M9.

While we were huge fans of the HTC One M8 and it received an Editors’ Choice award, the new HTC One M9 is even better. The LG G4 is slightly wider, extremely lightweight, and nearly the same height yet has a much bigger and better overall display. The entire design of the G3 was to offer a sleek device that isn’t too large, yet pack a massive and beautiful screen inside, and LG is doing that and more with the G4 in 2015.

If the screen size doesn’t matter too much and you’d rather have a premium device, the HTC One M9 should be perfect. For anything else, the G4 wins.

Camera

In 2015 the HTC One M9 finally delivered a capable camera coming in with a 20.7 megapixel lens. And while our review left us a bit unsatisfied, it should be one of the better options around. That said, LG kicked things up a notch with the G4, and are aiming for the Galaxy S6 and iPhone in terms of camera performance. The 16 megapixel lens features a fast F1.8 aperture rating, image stabilization, and some of the best software tweaks yet. It takes stunning images, and will give any device a run for its money. Above is a comparison with it and the S6, and the LG G4 could be the best camera smartphone this year. That’s a bold statement.

Most phones are over 2.0 with the f-stop, which is the speed of the sensor and how well it captures details and light. Meaning both Samsung and LG are leading the pack here. There’s no question the LG G4 takes better photos than the HTC One M9, but we’ll be doing a comparison soon for those interested in that aspect alone.

The G4 has the laser auto focus and this is the third year they’ve delivered optical image stabilization, while HTC’s One M9 does have a 20.7 MP camera, there’s no OIS. The Galaxy S6 and LG G4 should have the best cameras in 2015, but HTC’s option is pretty impressive and recently received an update to make it even better. We’re not expecting the HTC One M9 camera to keep up, but for average users posting to social sites, it will be more than enough.

Specs

While specs aren’t as important as having a device that’s fast, fluid, and will work for years to come, it’s still something many consider while making a purchase. Below are the hard numbers for those interested, but it all boils down to these devices being nearly the same under the hood with a few small changes, and software will play the biggest role in how each device performs.

HTC One M9 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD display
  • 8-Core Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM (4×4)
  • 32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 20.7 Megapixel rear camera, and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and HTC Sense 7
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote
  • Brushed Aluminum design, new two-tone color options
  • Dual front facing HTC Boomsound Speakers
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Technology
  • 2,840 mAh battery

LG G4 Specs

  • 5.5-inch 2560 × 1440 Quantum-HD display
  • 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 16 Megapixel f1.8 camera with OIS+, laser auto-focus, 8 megapixel front camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with a new LG UI
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote
  • Reportedly will have wireless charging (our unit does not)
  • Three colors in plastic, six all-new Genuine leather back choices
  • 3,000 mAh battery (removable, but no Quick Charging)

As you can see from the breakdown above, these devices are extremely similar. Essentially buyers main concerns should be on the the camera, screen size, or simply which manufacturer has the best software and design. And those are in no particular order. Any one of those could and can be the deciding factor. The G4 may not be as premium, even with the leather, but we’re loving how it feels in the hand. It’s one of the best feeling, most comfortable smartphones I’ve ever used. The HTC One M9 has a more powerful processor and Turbo Charging, so that’s another thing to consider.

Price

Last but certainly not least is the price. The HTC One M9 is a brand new flagship phone made of aluminum, and runs $199 with a new 2-year contract. We’re expecting the same 2-year pricing for the G4, but carriers have yet to make announcements, and we’re hearing a release date is aiming for late May or the first week of June.

Both come in 32GB of storage with a micro-SD slot, so there’s only one option to buy. Unless LG offers a premium leather-made option at a slightly higher cost. We’re not exactly sure what they have planned for the leather yet, so it may actually cost more than an HTC One M9 from carriers. Rumors suggest leather options could have a $40-$50 premium, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The HTC One M9 is $199 with a new 2-year contract, and $649 from most carriers outright. Not to mention monthly payment options as mentioned above ranging from $25-$28 per month. Expect the same monthly payments on the LG G4, but hopefully a lower outright price.

Final Thoughts

In closing, the only major advantage HTC has is the One M9 available now from carriers around the globe, while the LG G4 release date is still somewhat of a mystery. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular have all confirmed they’ll carry the LG G4, but no dates, pricing, or availability has been announced yet.

Potential buyers will need to decide if the HTC One M9 is right for them, or if they’d like to wait a month or so for the LG G4 to be released from all major carriers in the US, and around the globe. The Galaxy S6 and Edge are another viable option, something that LG is aware of, so expect big things from the G4 when the release date finally arrives.

LG G4 vs HTC One M9: 5 Key Differences is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Release Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 16:44

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Release Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

New Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop release details have emerged for the United States as a top US carrier has finally rolled out its version of the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update.

Earlier this year, Samsung started rolling out its Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, an update that includes both the regular Galaxy Note 4 and the curved variant known as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The two updates rolled out a little bit late though they have both started to pick up the pace as we push deeper into the year and closer to the summer.

We’ve seen both the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update roll out at a rapid pace inside the United States and today, the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update has landed for another major carrier.

Today, T-Mobile has announced its plan to roll out a Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update to its users. The update will take T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge users to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and deliver Android 5.0 Lollipop features and Wi-Fi passport. The Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update’s biggest changes should mirror the changes it delivered to the Galaxy Note 4: Lock screen changes, Material Design, and more.

T-Mobile says that the update is now available and it can be downloaded over Wi-Fi or with Samsung Kies. Samsung Kies is a PC application that allows Galaxy smartphone and tablet users to manually install updates ahead of the OTA process. T-Mobile’s OTA roll outs typically don’t take too long but those who are impatient will want to use the application to install the update right now.

The carrier states that Galaxy Note Edge users will also need 50% or higher battery life and several GB’s of free space due to the size of the update. The T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update is well over 1GB in size.

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The arrival of the T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update means that there should be just one more Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop release left in the United States. The Verizon Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update is still missing in action and it’s not clear when the carrier plans to roll out the firmware. It very rarely announces software release dates ahead of time.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop updates continue to pick up the pace as we push deeper into 2015. We’ve seen both updates land for a host of international carriers and variants and they’re both poised to hit more users soon. We’ve also seen the two updates hit some snags during the testing process in recent days.

Australian carrier Vodafone says that testing on both of its updates failed and it claims that it’s now awaiting a new update from Samsung. It’s not clear how long this might take and it could be weeks before we see these two updates roll out. Vodafone isn’t the first carrier to encounter problems and it won’t be the last so Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge users around the world will need to remain patient as Samsung works to get its two Note flagships updated.

It’s not clear what’s next for these two devices though we do know that Samsung is working on an Android 5.1 Lollipop update. The update is all but confirmed for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and we could potentially see it arrive for a few older devices.

Samsung’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update will likely come with bug fixes for Lollipop problems. In addition, it appears that Samsung is tacking on a Guest Mode feature that allows Galaxy users to setup several unique profiles. This is important for those that share their phone with their kids, family members or with friends and co-workers.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Release Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Huge iPad Pro Rumor Suggests Tons of New Features

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 15:51

Huge iPad Pro Rumor Suggests Tons of New Features is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The alleged iPad Pro has been heavily rumored over the last several months, but things have calmed down a bit. However, a slew of new details have arrived.

According to AppleInsider, the iPad Pro will come with all sorts of goodies, including NFC capabilities, a Force Touch display, USB-C connectivity, and an included Bluetooth stylus.

The NFC chip won’t necessarily be for buying stuff on the iPad using Apple Pay, but more likely to act as a payment terminal for receiving payments, which might make the tablet very useful at small businesses. NFC could also be used in the iPad Pro to easily pair accessories, like the rumored stylus that Apple is said to be making.

Specifically, the stylus would be able to recognize touch gestures, and would also come with numerous smart sensors in order to be able to perform “hover” gestures, similar to that of many Samsung devices. This would allow you to hover the stylus above the display in order to perform certain tasks without tapping on the screen with the stylus.

The screen on the iPad Pro is said to come with Force Touch technology, which essentially makes the screen pressure sensitive to fingertips. The pressure sensitivity is used for what Apple is calling “force clicks,” which will allows you to press hard on the screen to do one thing, but you can also also just tap on the screen to do something else, similar to how left-click and right-click work on a mouse.

As for the USB-C port, specifics on that are rather scarce at this point, as the sources didn’t say if it would be a second port option alongside a Lightning connector, or if the iPad Pro would feature a lone USB-C port that would replace the Lightning connector. It would be hard to believe that Apple would get rid of its Lightning connector on the iPad, so we’re expecting the iPad Pro to come with two ports, but we’ll have to wait and see what Apple officially decides to do.

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Read: iPad Pro Rumors: 5 Things You Should Know

Unfortunately, no details were provided as far as release timeline, but the latest conjecture is that Apple will release the iPad Pro at some point in September, possibly announcing it alongside the iPhone 6s, which is also expected to be unveiled in September.

The price of the iPad Pro is also something that remains up in the air as to this day, as recent rumors have not focused on the cost of what a larger tablet like this could cost to consumers.

However, the iPad Pro will undoubtedly be a step up from the iPad Air 2, which is currently priced at $500 for the entry-level model. From that, we can take a guess that the entry-level iPad Pro will cost a bit more than $500, but an exact price is up in the air still.

That’s assuming that the iPad Pro comes with faster internals than the iPad Air 2 and more memory. Plus, the larger screen definitely adds some extra manufacturing costs.

Most of the chatter that we’ve heard about the iPad Pro has been about its design. The body of the iPad Pro could be just 7mm thick, but not as thin as the 6.1mm iPad Air 2.

Furthermore, the new tablet is rumored to come with stereo speakers, thanks to the addition of two more speakers at the top of the device rather than just at the bottom.

Perhaps what’s more interesting is that Apple may market the iPad Pro has a horizontal tablet, rather than a vertical one, seeing as how all of Apple’s press shots and demos are with the iPad standing up, rather than being in landscape mode. That will definitely be something new for the company, but it’s said that the position of the Home button and the front-facing camera won’t change from current standards.

Huge iPad Pro Rumor Suggests Tons of New Features is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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